Ollerton Town under-18s make the step up to Central Midlands League Division One North as Ollerton Town Reserves
Players from Ollerton Town’s under-18s team will make the step up to adult football next season after the club announced it was re-forming its reserve side for the first time since 2011.
The new senior side will be managed by former under-18s boss Richard Walker, who, like most of the players, will also be taking his first steps into senior football.
The club will play its football in the Central Midlands League Division One North — the league below Newark Town.
Walker, who has guided the club’s youngsters through every level of junior football, explained that while the former under-18s will form the nucleus of the team, it will also include members of the first team squad when appropriate.
“It will be my first time managing in men’s football so it will be a step up for me, that’s for sure,” said Walker.
“I’m looking forward to seeing if my style of play will work at this level.
“I have had some of these players since they were six years old. They know my methods and it could be an advantage as we all know each other so well.
“Stepping up into the Central Midlands will be a massive challenge and education for them, make no mistake.
“I know some will strive at this level when others may have to take their time to progress and find their feet.”
Some of his players have had a taste of senior football with the first team, which plays at step six, and he said the experience of training with the first teamers regularly would be vital.
“The first few months will depend on how quickly the new and old players gel together and get use to playing my way,” he said.
“One thing is for sure, they will be exciting to watch so we are hoping to get a few supporters down when we are at home.
“The best thing about the team is that most are local lads who live within a few miles of the ground and they love wearing the shirt of Ollerton Town.”